Miss B's Classroom

Metaphor Rattlesnake Activity
Confirm your students understandings or reintroduce what a metaphor is.
Get your students to write their own definition of a metaphor. Do not give your students a set definition of a metaphor yet.
Get students to explore their rattlesnake - appeal to the senses
Encourage your students to play with the rattlesnake, hit it against the desk , feel the grooves on its back, stretch it out, smell it, examine the colour, etc …
Sounds
Smells
Looks
Feels
Tastes  (leave until last)
Get your students to write metaphors using their best describing words (again using their senses). 
Sounds: “My rattlesnake is a rippling whip.”
(differentiated  learning - students who have completed the first activity can move ahead)
The students are then given two scenarios:
Walking home through bushland in the summer you come across a snake lying on the path. It’s not just any snake though, it’s a giant gummy snake and it is about to eat you. Explain what it is like to be eaten by the giant gummy rattlesnake.
Walking home through bushland in the summer you come across a snake lying on the path. It’s not just any snake though, it’s a giant gummy snake! Seeing the snake you kill it and decide to take it home and cook it on the BBQ.Explain what it is like to cook the snake on the BBQ.
One of my amazing tutors at university did this with our English Curriculum class and I think it would be an amazing activity to try out with a class. It promotes higher order thinking and ensures understanding through doing.

Metaphor Rattlesnake Activity

Confirm your students understandings or reintroduce what a metaphor is.

Get your students to write their own definition of a metaphor. Do not give your students a set definition of a metaphor yet.

Get students to explore their rattlesnake - appeal to the senses

Encourage your students to play with the rattlesnake, hit it against the desk , feel the grooves on its back, stretch it out, smell it, examine the colour, etc …

  • Sounds
  • Smells
  • Looks
  • Feels
  • Tastes  (leave until last)

Get your students to write metaphors using their best describing words (again using their senses). 

Sounds: “My rattlesnake is a rippling whip.”

(differentiated  learning - students who have completed the first activity can move ahead)

The students are then given two scenarios:

  1. Walking home through bushland in the summer you come across a snake lying on the path. It’s not just any snake though, it’s a giant gummy snake and it is about to eat you.

    Explain what it is like to be eaten by the giant gummy rattlesnake.

  2. Walking home through bushland in the summer you come across a snake lying on the path. It’s not just any snake though, it’s a giant gummy snake! Seeing the snake you kill it and decide to take it home and cook it on the BBQ.

    Explain what it is like to cook the snake on the BBQ.

One of my amazing tutors at university did this with our English Curriculum class and I think it would be an amazing activity to try out with a class. It promotes higher order thinking and ensures understanding through doing.

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